Human Nature Quotations
Quotations about our very own human nature.
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"Many are stubborn in persuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal."
"We seek our happiness outside ourselves, and in the opinion of men we know to be flatterers, insincere, unjust, full of envy, caprice and prejudice."
"All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot."
"We often make people pay dearly for what we think we give them."
"There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us."
"Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect."
"The closing years of life are like the end of a maquerade party, when the masks are dropped."
"Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts."
"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around: to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."
"Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards."
"What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy? "
"Most of my adult life I have not been listening fully. I only listened long enough to determine whether the speaker's ideas matched my own. If they didn't, I would stop listening, and my mind would race ahead to compose an argument against what I believed the speaker's idea or position to be."
"A feeble mind, conscious of its own feebleness, grows feeble under that very consciousness. As soon as the power of fear becomes known to it, there follows the fear of fear, and, on the first perturbation, reason abandons it."
"The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation' -- this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats."
"It's frightening that some people literally prefer ignorance because it's comforting and easier to comprehend."
"Sometimes we put up walls, not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to knock them down."
"Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales."
"We compound our suffering by victimizing each other."
"A lot of people want to change the world, but only a few people want to change themselves. When it comes to the issue of race in America, we have to do both."
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool."
"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep."
"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."
"Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong."
"A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity."
"It is no tragedy to do ungrateful people favors, but it is unbearable to be indebted to a scoundrel."
"Man is the cruelest animal."
"For one cause will not do;
"Many know how to please, but know not when they have ceased to give pleasure."
"For many men that stumble at the threshold are well forewarned that danger lurks within."
"Do we not see all humans unaware
"How many people become abstract as a way of appearing profound!"
"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights."
"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."
"The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scale."
"Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: 'I do not know'."
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